H.R. 6028, The Merida Initiative to Combat Illicit Narcotics and Reduce Organized Crime Authorization Act of 2008
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H.R. 6028 would authorize law enforcement and security assistance, and assistance to enhance the rule of law and strengthen civilian institutions, for Mexico and the countries of Central America.
Merida Initiative to Combat Illicit Narcotics and Reduce Organized Crime Authorization Act of 2008 - Authorizes the President to provide assistance to Mexico and to the countries of Central America for: (1) law enforcement and security assistance, including combating gangs and illegal drug and arms trafficking; and (2) the enhancement of the rule of law and the strengthening of civilian institutions, including the promotion of human rights. Sets forth additional supported activities and limitations on assistance.
Directs the President to report to the appropriate congressional committees respecting measures taken to: (1) address U.S. demand-related aspects of the drug-trafficking phenomenon; (2) combat the southbound flow of illegal precursor chemicals and bulk cash transfers into Mexico; and (3) implement and measure the success of activities taken under this Act.
Directs the Attorney General to expand the resources provided for the Project Gunrunner initiative of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to prosecute individuals involved in firearms trafficking across the U.S.-Mexico border.
Directs the President to designate within the Department of State a Coordinator of United States Government Activities to Implement the Merida Initiative.
Terminates the authority of this Act after September 30, 2010.
Status of the Legislation
Latest Major Action: 6/6/2008: Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 445.
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